This week’s Discover & Explore theme is gifts. If you are interested in fun toys that also stimulate development, I have FIVE gift guides with developmental and therapeutic toys to share with you written by authors who have therapy backgrounds. Hopefully you find a couple that give you some great ideas for your holiday shopping! Be sure to check out all the great posts being linked up below, and if you are a blogger, link up your gift guides, DIY gift ideas, anything related to gifting! Enjoy!
Speech and Language
Drawing upon my background as a speech-language pathologist, I put together a guide for choosing toys that stimulate speech and language for early communicators.
Sensory and Fine Motor
Colleen from Sugar Aunts has a background in Occupational Therapy, and they have put together two phenomenal gift guides based on her specialized knowledge (click on the photos or text links to view the guides):
Toys to Inspire Sensory Play from Sugar Aunts
Toys to Improve Pencil Grasp from Sugar Aunts
Battery-free, open-ended toys are number one on my list for all five areas of early childhood development; I put together a guide that explains the why, how, and what to buy for developmentally stimulating, battery-free toys.
This post from Creative Learning Fun has some great ideas for older kids, especially in the areas of fine and gross motor. The author, Elizabeth, has a background in Educational Psychology.
Developmental and Therapeutic Toys from Creative Learning Fun
And now, it’s your turn. We’d love for you to share how you Discover and Explore: Gifts!
Please read the following guidelines for sharing:
- Share family-friendly posts related to the weekly topic — kids activities, book activities, crafts, recipes, nature outings, free printables–anything that might be helpful to those wanting to put together activities based on this week’s theme
- By linking up, you are giving me permission to share your post including one photo in our weekly feature post and on social media channels.
- Visit 2-3 other posts that have linked up, find some new ideas & meet new friends!
- If you are linking up, please be sure to link back with the Discover and Explore button or a text link to help us get the word out and built our collection of resources to share with you!
The linky will remain open for a week. Then all co-hosts will feature activities in a separate post on Fridays and share featured posts on the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board. If you aren’t already, please remember to follow us so you’re sure not to miss those feature posts. And don’t forget to stop by and visit my lovely co-hosts to see what they are sharing for this week’s theme!